In celebration of CHamoru Month, I decided to make an easy recipe from my home, Guam! It’s a popular snack/dessert known as Buñelos Åga (Chamoru Banana Donuts) (bu•nyeh•los awh•gah). Now, this recipe is really not anything new. I just wanted to be able to share a recipe from my home! They’re quick and easy to make, and most importantly they are delicious! They have four main ingredients: ripe banana, flour, sugar, and baking powder. This makes a delicious and sweet banana batter! Then, they are fried in hot oil and then served with a side of maple syrup. How simple is that?!
These sweet donuts are very popular on Guam. They are served mostly during holiday parties or family gatherings. Usually, these are made by the elders, but I say, let’s give them a break because this recipe is just too easy to make! And if you want an idea of what these taste like, imagine a fried banana bread. Less cakey, more donut-y. So what are you waiting for, sink your teeth into these babies!
These donuts are a childhood favorite of mine. In school, these were a nice treat that they would sell during recess or break time. I would always ask my mom for extra change, so I could support the student store and get myself a nice snack. And, funny enough, if you go to the hotel buffets on Guam, they’ll be serving these at the dessert table! Overall, it’s a great treat to have any time of the day.
Keeping your oil at a stable 350° Fahrenheit is important for these donuts because it cooks both the inside and the outside evenly. It’s the perfect temperature because less oil will be absorbed by the food, and you’ll get a crispier results. When your oil isn’t hot enough, it will become greasy, limp, and unappealing. And if your oil is TOO hot, the donuts will quickly brown on the outside, and you’ll risk the inside being raw.
Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments below. You can also tag me on Instagram @flouredframe, I would love to see your recreations! Biba Mes CHamoru!
Images updated February 2021.